TCC History Festival brings out mastodons and other mysteries

Mastodon cast made of individual bones by local historians. The original is in a museum in Gainesville. It stands around 14 feet tall and will be on display in Kleman Plaza during the TCC History Festival.

Along with noticing that most people under driving age can’t read cursive anymore, or that quick-reaction multiplication tables are out of the reach of that same demographic, there is another concerning trend afoot. This one might be called, “Whatever happened to history?”

You know. History — the things that happened in our pasts. The people, their actions, their beliefs, how one thing influences another, the glimpses into motivations of people both like us and dissimilar. History—perhaps predictor of the future; at least a means of understanding how we’ve gotten to where we are.

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Tallahassee Community College has a plan to put the spotlight on history again with a Tallahassee History Festival and Expo from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Kleman Plaza.

TCC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Anthony Jones, says that “History has taken a hit at the college level over the last eight or 10 years. Previously, to receive an Associates of Arts degree, it was necessary to complete two semesters of History.”

Now, since 2017, a student must only take either one course in History or in National Government, and pass an exam based on U.S. Immigration and Naturalization standards to satisfy a Civics Literacy requirement. But you don’t have to know about European history, American history, African-American and indigenous people’s history, or even know whether we landed a man on the moon.

An image of planes used in training at Dale Mabry Army Air Field established in Tallahassee on Jan. 24, 1941.

Putting the fun into history

And that is something that, among many others, President Jim Murdaugh of TCC hopes to rectify — not through draconian insistence on historical knowledge, but by showing the young and older citizens of Tallahassee alike, that history in all its guises, can be stimulating and even fun.

Jones says that beginning in 2020, Murdaugh had gathered representatives from a cross-section of faculty, administration, students, and the community to discuss Barriers to Equity and Inclusion.






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